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Interior design ideas from a Roman apartment

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Interior design ideas from a Roman apartment
Style notes from CasaCau, a gorgeous apartment near Rome's Trevi fountain that mixes vintage finds with modern finishings

Imagine waking up on a Roman summer's day like Giovanna Battaglia, fashion editor extraordinaire. Breakfast is a luxurious, languid affair involving buns from the bakery downstairs, coffee beans (Italian, no less) are a-roastin' in the machine and you're sprawled in bed in a room that's a romance of textures, gold-flecked objets d'art and dusty pink textiles. Adding to this vision — albeit romanticised — is the chatter of tourists and locals in the little square outside along Via in Arcione, three minutes away from the Trevi fountain. When you're feeling easy like a Sunday morning in a 17th-century building that now houses CasaCau, a collection of boutique apartments, coin-tossing can wait.

Roman interior designer and architect Nora P. is responsible for this modern-day romancing of heritage. With a by-appointment-only design store, she's known in Rome's circles as your go-to solution for interiors that inspire you to live your best, stylish self. Her clients are art aficionados and the boho jetset who don't want to come home to a stuffy, ultra-bright and contemporary apartment. Instead, the interior designer opts for a lived-in look, borrowing vintage items from the '50s through to the '70s that don't look out of place in a heritage home. CasaCau's appeal leans towards travellers who appreciate industrial furnishings, textured finds from local markets and cheeky accents. A recent visit to Rome has inspired us folks to do a 360-degree overhaul to our own bedrooms. These four tips will point you to the right direction:

1. Add a print to your headboard

CasaCau Rome 

Casacau Rome

A standout headboard sets the tone for the entire bedroom. Keeping to an all white or monotone colour palette might be de rigueur for stylish hotel beds, but don't shy away from patterns in your own individual, self-portrait of a space. 

2. Keep things slouchy

CasaCau Rome

CasaCau Rome

Don't underestimate what a slouchy armchair or couch can do to fill in a nook in your bedroom. Mix these lazy bedfellows with more structured pieces such as sturdy legs or a gold-trimmed side table for a good balance between comfort and luxe.

3. Tile the area around your bathroom sink

CasaCau Rome

CasaCau Rome

The sink is the one area of the bathroom you'll spend the most time at — that's where all the plucking, self-praising or daily affirmation sessions are held first thing in the morning. Or not. Either way, make this area the most luxurious spot for self-love. Miniature tiles gleam and glisten under mood lighting, framing a mirror that's showing off the most beautiful face in the world — yours. With such textured walls, keep counter clutter to a minimum.

4. Mix and match wall shelves

CasaCau Rome 

CasaCau Rome

Wall shelves don't have to be uniform and restricted to one size. Stack them up, mix and match sizes and don't be afraid to be a little playful. When the kitchen needs to be more functional than stylish, you can still have a little fun by arranging shelves so that different things can be easily reached — be it cookbooks, wine glasses of salt and pepper shakers.

Book a stay at CasaCau Rome via Mr and Mrs Smith.

Adibah Isa

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